15 February 2011

Gnome & Juliet

Gnomes and Shakespeare Together at Last

Okay. Two truths: I love Shakespeare. I love garden gnomes. Finally, someone took two of my loves and made the ultimate movie! I took the wife with me, and went to watch the latest incarnation of Shakespeare’s classic star-crossed lovers’ tale, Romeo and Juliet with gnomes. This was the latest in the year that is has taken the wife and me to see a movie together since being married. The last three years, we have gone on New Year’s Day. But, we made it to Gnomeo & Juliet.

As is typical with most of the animated pictures these days, the voice cast is stacked. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt are the lead characters’ voices. Behind them, you have Jason Statham, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant, Ozzy Osborne, Julie Walkters, Dolly Parton, Hulk Hogan and Patrick Stewart as Shakespeare in a scene of brilliance.

Gnome & Juliet takes the classic tale and sets it in the backyards of the Capulet and Montague houses. You have the red Capulets that hate the blue Montagues. Each have their manicured lawns, pretty flowers, fountains, wells, and everything gnome. Gnomeo and Juliet fall in love when they meet by chance in a neutral greenhouse. The usual how can we be together, you are a red, and I am a blue trouble ensues.

The way in which the story unfolds both the classic way, and the updated gnome way, was great. The climactic scene was great. The build-up to it was great. Gnomeo has a conversation with a statue of Shakespeare who tells how the story ends. This whole scene was excellent.

I loved this movie. They made a big deal of Elton John doing the music, but he did not write any new music for it. That was disappointing. That was the only disappointing aspect of this entire film. I highly recommend this movie. If you love gnomes, see this movie. If you love Shakespeare, see this movie. If you like animated movies, see this movie. Verdict: See Gnome & Juliet. It is a great way to spend 84 minutes.

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